Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salary

Average Entry-Level Dental Hygienists make around $30.79 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Entry-Level Dental Hygienists vary widely between $41K and $83K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Over a third enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and about a sixth get vision benefits. Most Entry-Level Dental Hygienists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$30,794 - $72,161
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$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $50,762
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$22.47 - $40.44
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,794 - $72,161  
   
Bonus
$200.13 - $4,884  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $5,068  
Commission
$243.28 - $10,186  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,149 - $82,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 718
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$22.47 - $40.44  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.64  
Overtime
$15.47 - $60.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$200.13 - $4,884  
   
Commission
$243.28 - $10,186  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $5,068  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,149 - $82,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,354

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Family Dental, Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, Pacific Dental Services Incorporated, and Dental Group Ltd are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Dental Hygienists. Pacific Dental Services Incorporated leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $83K.

Offering a median salary of only $57K, Aspen Dental gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $42K to $81K isn't that wide, either.

Pay Difference by Location

44%

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National Average: $62,596

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 44 percent, Entry-Level Dental Hygienists in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Dental Hygienists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+23 percent), Houston (+22 percent), Boston (+16 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh.

Dental Hygienist Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Dental Hygienist in Red Oak:
"45 years in profession."
1.) Take care of your back. 2.) Profession does not have many benefits so think about what you want and expect out of a job. 3.) Hours are good but not a lot of flexibility for taking time off unless you have someone to cover for you. 4.) Usually no scheduled raises.

Dental Hygienist in Danville:
"Do Not Participate in Office Gossip."
Make an effort to get along with all co-workers. Never start or perpetuate office rumors or gossip. Understand that in a dental environment you will occasionally have to pick up the slack for someone else. You do what needs to be done to keep the office running on schedule even if it's not your official job duty. If you feel that you are doing this too often and your coworkers are not being team players (and nothing is being done by "the people in charge"), then maybe you should start looking for another place of employment because you will get worn out and start to resent your co-workers. As a result patients one way or the other, will not receive the treatment they deserve.

Dental Hygienist in Seattle:
"Basics."
All the information you learn during school comes down to some basic important items to look for and discuss with patient.

Dental Hygienist in Forest Grove:
"Don't Give Up."
You will be stressed with the time limit you have, but don't give up. Know what you are worth and what you are capable of and own it. Be confident and compassionate. Be patient with yourself and don't give up. Everything will come in time and you will get better and better!

Dental Hygienist in Pasadena:
"Some people have gross mouths but if you can deal , good job."
Find a good office/doctor and make it a home long term.

Dental Hygienist in Temecula:
"Communication."
The hardest part of dental hygiene is patient communication and diagnosis. The learning curve is about two to three years.

Dental Hygienist in Beaverton:
"Don't Become Complacent."
If you continue to get raises within the first 5-6 years you will hit the ceiling for wages. Doctors typically do not like to give raises beyond a certain point. Negotiate vacation packages and 401K and other benefits to compensate. Consider that you will have a short career working full time. Working as a dental hygienist is an ergonomic nightmare. When you were warned about injuries in college it is no joke. I have been working as a hygienist for 10 years and every senior hygienist that works full time (and does a great job) has some form of work related injury. We do not get scheduled breaks. Consider working part time for career longevity. It's a great occupation, however, very hard on your body. Be proactive in continuing your education after graduation. Everything changes in the medical world. We are always advancing. It is up to us to stay abreast of the latest technology. The doctors will know if you are no longer on board and are stuck in the stone age.

Key Stats for Dental Hygienist

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 209 votes.
Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
70%
5-9 years
12%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Dental Hygienist Salaries

restorative
▲40%

▲4%

▲4%


▲3%

▲2%

Local Anesthesia
▲1%

Cleaning
▲1%

Bilingual
▼0%

dental hygiene
▼0%

National Average
$63,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼1%

Dental assistant
▼2%

dental hygienist
▼14%

Orthodontics
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 209 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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